Education beats back pain

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Education beats back painOn 1 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Astudy has confirmed that public education is effective in improving back painproblemsLarge-scalepublic education campaigns designed to improve knowledge and awareness of backpain can influence how doctors treat the condition, help reduce disability andcut the number of workers’ compensation claims, research has suggested.Thestudy by doctors in Victoria, Australia, performed a before and after survey in4,730 members of the general population and 2,556 GPs in two states to evaluatethe effect of a public health campaign using the media in 1997. Televisioncommercials gave advice on staying active and not resting for prolonged periodsand of the benefits of remaining at work. Thecampaign included billboard advertising, workplace visits and publishedarticles. An educational booklet was also made widely available. Asa result, beliefs about back pain improved among the general public anddoctors, while there was a decline in the number of claims for back pain, ratesof days compensated and medical payments for claims for back pain.Andin a separate study, doctors in Finland and Canada have found “strongevidence” that intensive multidisciplinary bio-psychosocial rehabilitationwith functional restoration can improve function in patients with disablinglower back pain for more than three months.Thestudy of 1,964 patients reported some evidence of improvements in workreadiness, although in other patients there was no significant reduction insick leave. “Intensivemultidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation with functional restorationreduces pain and improves function in patients with chronic low back pain. Lessintensive interventions did not show improvements in clinically relevantoutcomes,” it concludes.IainMcIntyre, a member of the Department of Health’s NHS Plus/Workforce team, saidoccupational health had traditionally had a low profile with GPs in thiscountry. “It is not something they immediately think about when they seepatients,” he said.Whilethere were no plans for similar-scale public education campaigns in the UK, thedepartment’s Back in Work initiative, which has been looking at the issue,would hopefully, over time, help to raise awareness. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Jeremy Lin says he was called ‘coronavirus’ on court, denounces racism against Asians

first_img Beau Lund February 27, 2021 /Sports News – National Jeremy Lin says he was called ‘coronavirus’ on court, denounces racism against Asians FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailVCG/VCG via Getty ImagesBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Basketball star Jeremy Lin said he was called “coronavirus” on the court in a social media post in which he denounced racism against Asian Americans.“Being an Asian American doesn’t mean we don’t experience poverty and racism,” Lin shared on social media late Thursday. “Being a 9-year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court.”Lin didn’t state when the incident took place. The G League is now investigating Lin’s claim, ESPN reported.Racist attacks have soared against the Asian community amid the pandemic as COVID-19 first emerged on the global radar in Wuhan, China.Between March and December last year, the organization Stop Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate recorded nearly 3,000 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents nationwide.The 34-year-old athlete, who formerly played point guard for the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, now plays for the NBA’s G League team the Santa Cruz Warriors, an affiliate of the Golden State Warriors.Lin encouraged the public to speak up against racist behavior in his post.“We are tired of Asian American kids growing up and being asked where they’re REALLY from, of having our eyes mocked, of being objectified as exotic or being told we’re inherently unattractive,” he wrote.“We are tired of being invisible, of being mistaken for our colleague or told our struggles aren’t as real,” he added.Santa Cruz Warriors officials did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday he wants the NBA to investigate Lin’s claim.“Really powerful. I applaud Jeremy for his words and echo his sentiments regarding racism against the Asian American community,” Kerr said per ESPN.Lin, who was born in California to Taiwanese parents, was the first Asian American player to win an NBA championship in 2019 when the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

Gov. Holcomb Names Lyles As Indiana National Guard Adjutant General

first_imgGov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced he has selected Col. R. Dale Lyles to serve as the new adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard.Concurrent with his appointment as the adjutant general, Lyles will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general. He has been eligible for this promotion since May when he received his U.S. Senate confirmation and letter of eligibility.“I am confident that Colonel Lyles has the proven leadership skills, ethical character, and practical know-how to lead the Indiana National Guard,” Gov. Holcomb said. “His vision for the Guard will create a culture of safety, success, and stability that is critical for the defense of Indiana.”Lyles, a native of Salem, has served most of his 32 years in the military in Indiana. He was deployed to Bosnia shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in support of Operation Joint Forge and to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.Most recently, Lyles has served as the deputy chief of staff for operations at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., where he focused on the operations training and readiness for the Army National Guard. During his time in Indiana, he served the director of Atterbury Muscatatuck operations, commander of the 219th Engineer Brigade and commander of Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, among many other assignments. Lyles earned the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star Medal, among numerous other military awards and decorations.Lyles earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree in management from Oakland City University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.As Indiana continues to strengthen its defense strategy, Lyles will partner with Major General Omer C. (Clif) Tooley Jr. at the Indiana Office of Defense Development under the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to further grow Indiana’s defense sectors.The Indiana Army and Air National Guard are reserve components of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. During times of national emergency, National Guard members may be called into active federal service by the President of the United States.During times of peace, the National Guard is commanded by the governor. In its state role, the National Guard assists local law enforcement agencies during emergencies at the direction of the governor. The distribution of soldiers, equipment and facilities across the state allows the National Guard to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies statewide.Lyles will begin his new position Oct. 1, and he will be sworn in during a promotion ceremony at a date to be determined. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

US woes take toll on profit growth at Greencore

first_imgGreencore profit growth has been dented in a “challenging” half year by problems in the firm’s US operation.While group revenue rose 22.6% year on year in the first half of the current financial year to £1,238.5m, adjusted operating margin dropped 70 basis points to 4.8% following investments in the UK ready meals business and because a greater proportion of group profits were generated in the lower-margin US division.“The first half of FY18 has been challenging for Greencore and its shareholders,” said Greencore chief executive officer Patrick Coveney, who is to spend more of his time leading the US business.“While we delivered strong revenue growth in both the UK and US, profit growth was impacted by the challenges experienced in the original part of Greencore’s US divisionGreencore said it had extended some of its long-term partnership agreements with key customers and secured new business wins.Strategic investment in the UK division had returned to normal following increased spending over the past two years. Greencore’s remaining major project, the refurbishment and extension of the group’s largest ready meals facility in Warrington, is set to complete by the end of the current financial year.As previously announced, the business is exiting the cakes and desserts market with the sale of its operation in Hull to Bright Blue Foods, and the planned closure of its Evercreech desserts site this summer.Revenue in the UK & Ireland convenience foods division rose 7.2% to £734.9m in what it described as a challenging trading environment. Adjusted operating profit increased slightly to £47.1m.Food-to-go revenue increased 10%, driven by category growth and the incremental impact of previously announced business wins. The business also benefited from growth in revenue from the distribution of third-party products through its Direct to Store network following consolidation in the distribution industry.“The dynamics of the wider food-to-go market remain favourable and are supported by consumer demand for convenience, snacking and a preference for healthier products,” stated the business.“There is also continued customer support for food-to-go as an incremental, high-margin category and the group is actively supporting the innovation and commercial effectiveness of customers’ product ranges through various initiatives.”Revenue from the US division rose 55.1% to £503.6m, which reflected the acquisition of Peacock Foods in December 2016.In the Peacock part of the business, pro forma revenue grew 15.5% and volume grew 12%. However, pro forma revenue and volume in the original Greencore part of the business declined 23.7% and 25% respectively, driven by previously announced contract loss in the group’s Jacksonville facility last year.Greencore has reviewed its US strategy to focus on its branded food partners. It has also ceased production at its Rhode Island facility and plans to sell the site.“As a result of the significant strategic, network and organisational measures that we have taken in order to address these challenges, we believe that our US business is now much better positioned to deliver an improved performance in the second half of the year and beyond,” said Coveney. “We anticipate strong organic growth for the remainder of FY18”.last_img read more

Listen To The Grateful Dead Jam With Stephen Stills, On This Date In 1969

first_imgAs the free-lovin’ 1960’s were coming to an end, the Grateful Dead were only just getting started. The band continued to grow in popularity, embracing their fans like none had before. By the end of their 5th year, the whole Bay Area in California would be the first domino to fall in a series of Deadhead conversions, with Los Angeles soon following suit.Meanwhile, another group called Crosby Stills And Nash were finding their own voice amid the troubled times. It seems only natural that these two musical forces would intersect, with some overlapping influences (folk/rock) and a similar approach to challenging oppression with peace, love, and music. While Jerry Garcia would later contribute to David Crosby’s album, it was Stephen Stills who joined the Dead on this night, 49 years ago.Stills came in for five songs total: “Casey Jones,” “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” “Morning Dew,” “Black Peter” and, later on in the show, “Turn On Your Lovelight.” Listen to the full 12/10/69 show from the Thelma Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, below:Grateful Dead – 12/10/69 – Full Show Audio[Audio: Jonathon Aizen]last_img read more

Brazil Honors Fallen Heroes

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2010 “Death brings pain and tears. In this case, it motivates us to prepare ourselves to honor the memory of our heroes,” said Don Osvino José Borth, the Brazilian Army’s archbishop, on January 21, 2010, during a ceremony honoring the 18 Brazilian military personnel killed in the earthquake that had devastated Haiti nine days earlier. The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, along with relatives and friends of the victims of the earthquake, were overtaken by emotion when the 18 coffins, draped in Brazilian flags, were displayed at Brasilia Air Base during a ceremony honoring the fallen Soldiers while the military band performed the national anthem. Speaking about Brazil and MINUSTAH’s role in Haiti in a Miami Herald newspaper column published on February 24, 2010, Lula said: “Brazil and MINUSTAH must persevere because we know the Haitians themselves will not give up hope. We are certain of that after witnessing the countless demonstrations of heroism and solidarity in the wake of the earthquake. The sacrifice of our heroic Soldiers who lost their lives reinforces our commitment to Haiti. We are inspired by the unyielding determination to survive by those who endured days, or even weeks, under the rubble. They never ceased to believe in being rescued, nor did the rescuers lose hope, as they relentlessly dug, even with their own hands, in search of signs of life.” At the end of 2003, Haiti was submerged in a deep political crisis that culminated with President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s resignation and departure from the country on February 29, 2004. On that day, the Multinational Interim Force, or MIF, was created by the United Nations Security Council. On April 30 of that same year, the U.N. transitioned to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH. Brazil, which was already playing a major role with MIF, was selected to lead the initiative. Before the January 12, 2010, earthquake, Haiti was receiving food aid and financial resources from Brazil, the country providing the largest contingent in Haiti, with 1,226 troops. In the weeks following the earthquake, Brazil multiplied its actions, offering aircraft that transported tons of food to the ravaged country, several disasterresponse specialists, rescue dogs, tons of medicine, water, tents and other items, including emergency field hospitals and telecommunications equipment. The Brazilian Air Force treated thousands of patients and performed hundreds of surgeries in its field hospital set up in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. center_img In addition to aid from the government, hundreds of social entities were mobilized in Brazil to help the Haitian people, sending health and social services professionals, food, money, clothing and supplies. The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation donated more than 40 tons of medicine to the Haitian people, while companies, celebrities, athletes and thousands of Brazilian citizens contributed millions of dollars. Brazil also proposed a reconstruction package for the country, including building homes for earthquake victims and starting several agricultural projects, according to the chief minister of the Brazilian Cabinet of Institutional Security, Gen. Jorge Felix.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events May 7 – 13

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Copeland (Photo credit: Facebook)CopelandAfter a six-year hiatus, the Florida-based quartet recently reunited to produce its fifth full-length album, much to the delight of its loyal fans who have been missing the indie band’s powerful tracks. Copeland’s latest album, Ixora, was released late last year, just in time for the band’s much-anticipated tour. Warming up the crowd are Vinnie Caruana, Have Mercy and Valise. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $20. 7:30 p.m. May 7.The SkatalitesSimmer down! The legendary Jamaican band has backed such icons as Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert and Peter Tosh over the past half century, but remain a musical force of their own, even if there have been a few lineup changes. Wear your dancing shoes. Opening the show are Pandemics, Soul Junkies and Radio Daze. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $20. 7:30 p.m. May 7.Bianca Del Rio (Photo credit: Facebook)Bianca Del RioAfter claiming the top prize in the show “Drag Race,” Bianca Del Rio has been incredibly busy. The entertainer, who began her career in New Orleans, has been touring the country, giving audiences a taste of her spirited cabaret and comedy show. Bianca Del Rio described her drag performance as “erotic clown” in a recent interview with The New York Times. Get ready for a night like no other. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington.  $25-$89.50. 7 p.m. May 8.The WhispersThe famed R&B band began its legendary career in 1963, capturing the hearts and minds of music fans across the country while producing timeless romantic hits. They were such a force years ago that the band’s self-titled 1980 album went platinum, cementing their place in history among R&B greats. Now they’re back and ready to serenade Long Island with their smooth sounds. With opening act Stephanie Mills. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. May 8.NRBQFormed more than four decades ago, NRBQ delighted crowds with their unique sound and their ability to seamlessly blend a variety of genres into their music, a style the band has harnessed and developed throughout the years. The band released its first album in 1969, two years after it was formed, and still plays with the same spirit and vigor it had when it landed its first record deal all those years ago. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $35-$40. 8 p.m. May 8.Dutch FestivalEnjoy live jazz music while strolling through Hofstra’s campus bursting with tulips in bloom as you revel in the university’s Dutch heritage The festival is going through a reinvention with more emphasis on family activities and community services. As always, enjoy music and theater performances, art exhibits and carnival games. Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 9.Reflections on War ExperiencesA panel with three authors who are all veterans will share stories of their service. The panelists include John Barr, who writes of his five-year Naval tour of duty in Vietnam in The War Zone; Warrior Writers’ poet Maurice Decaul, whose Marine infantry company served in Iraq during 2003; and Emerson College professor Doug Anderson, who shares his memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties. The event will also feature Dan Levin’s poetry about Iwo Jima. Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station. Free. 1 p.m. May 9.Hal KetchumThe cabinet-maker-turned-country-music singer has sold more than 5 million albums during his successful career. Instead of sticking to what he knows best, the 61-year-old artist decided to release a new album, I’m the Troubadour, an ambitious project that combined several uncustomary genres: folk, blues and soul. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $40-$45. 8 p.m. May 9.Caroline RheaThis Canadian comic has been a fixture in the American comedy scene for more than two decades. Known for her sharp wit and infectious laugh, Rhea has cultivated her gift of gab (hostessing her own talk show The Caroline Rhea Show, taking over from The Rosie O’Donnell Show and as the hostess of the first three seasons of NBC’s The Biggest Loser) into sit-coms like ABC’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch, voice work like the mother on Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb, and film roles, like The Perfect Man, starring Heather Locklear. Her standup show is not to be missed. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $47. 8 p.m. May 9.Heather Henson’s Sing Along With The Muppet MovieLittle ones and big ones alike will love this family-friendly sing-along to the acclaimed classic Muppet Movie. This interactive experience is like the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the elementary school set. Replete with singing, dancing, puppetry, kiting and shadow acting, the movie will come to life, thanks to the daughter of the legendary Muppet mastermind Jim Henson. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $29.50. 12 p.m. May 9.Southside Johnny & The Asbury JukesLong regarded as the Godfather of the Jersey Shore Sound, John Lyon, better known by his stage name Southside Johnny, is an American original. Growing up in Ocean Grove and graduating from Neptune High, he followed in Bruce Springsteen’s shoes running down the boardwalk, hitting the high notes and laying it low with that bluesy soulfulness that only he can croon. It helped that Steven Van Zandt, the Boss’s compadre, penned Southside Johnny’s signature song, “I Don’t Want to Go Home.” And yes, that’s Southside and the Jukes performing as a bar band at the frat party in that action-packed classic Adventures in Babysitting. The guy’s been doing it right and working his ass off, and we’re lucky to have him around keeping it real. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$49.50. 8 p.m. May 9. Bobby Messano (Photo credit: Facebook)Bobby MessanoThis celebrated guitarist boasts a prolific career with collaborations with music’s elite, including the likes of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Rodney Atkins and Clarence Clemmons. Along with bassist Suavek Zaniesienko, drummer Dave Hollingsworth and Freddie Gasparini on keyboards, this contemporary blues band leaves audiences gasping for air. With marked intensity punctuated by masterful playing, Messano’s is a show audiences won’t soon forget. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. $15. 8 p.m. May 9.Impractical Jokers Starring The Tenderloins, The TenderloinsYou know these guys from their hit show TruTV’s Impractical Jokers. Staten Island natives Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn delight fans with their improvised comedy sketches. The premise is as simple as the childhood games of truth or dare you used to play—but the dares dreamed up by these four childhood friends are both hilarious and excruciatingly embarrassing. No matter, it’s their infectious laughter that causes audiences to roar along with them whether they complete the dares or not. Fans can expect new videos and never-before-seen footage from their show. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $45-$100. Three show times, May 9, 10.IM5Here’s the lowdown on the hottest boy band in town, IM5. Cole Pendery, born in Texas, decided that the spotlight was just the place for him when he was in eighth grade. Amazingly, his parents agreed. Dana Vaughns II grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh and started showing off his talent when he was 7. He clicked and wound up in LA. Now he gets to hang out with dudes who feel like his brothers. Gabriel Morales, Gabe for short, was born and raised in Miami. He’s got Cuban and Venezuelan roots, has no middle name and says yellow is his “fave color.” Having fun, living each day like it’s your last: that’s the motto these boys live by. “Touchdown Dance” is their latest release, and it’s a safe bet, if you’re really nice to them, they’ll play it for you. With supporting acts Sam Pottorff, Austin Jones, Bailey McConnell, The Weekend Riot and The House on Cliff. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $20, $75 VIP. 3 p.m. May 10.Jeffrey WandsPsychic medium Jeffrey Wands says an interesting thing happened to him one day when he was 6 years old and watching TV: His great grandmother, Mary, appeared in front of him and spoke. The thing is, she’d been dead for 23 years. And so it began. Since then, he’s had many mind-boggling experiences communicating with deceased folks, predicting events and revealing information about people he barely knew. He was not popular at baseball games because he tended to blurt out the final score before the last out was recorded. Not only is he an accomplished medium, he’s also a popular radio host on WALK 97.5 FM and the author of several books, including “America’s Most Ghostly Places: New York State.” And no, Citi Field is not one of them—yet. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $27. 7:30 p.m. May 11.Melissa RiversThe daughter of the late comedian Joan Rivers will speak about and sign her new book The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation. There was only one person who knew Joan intimately, one person who the authorities would call when the funny lady got a little out of hand: her daughter and best friend, Melissa. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. May 11.GravityGuest speaker David Oberhettinger, Chief Knowledge Officer of the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will explore some of the major scientific themes in the multi Academy Award winning film Gravity, such as: “Why do we ex­plore?” and “Would it be less risky for robots, instead of humans, to do the exploring?” Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. May 12.Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)Jorge PosadaFormer New York Yankee Jorge Posada comes to sign his new memoir The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes. The legendary catcher tells the incredible story of his personal journey, offering an unexpected, behind-the-plate view of his career, his past and the father-son bond that fueled his love of the game. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. May 12.Duff McKaganThe Guns N’ Roses bassist will speak about and sign his book, How To Be A Man. He is one of the most respected survivors in hard rock. In his book, he shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom—from his time with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver to getting sober after a life of hard living to achieving his personal American Dream of marrying a supermodel, raising a family and experiencing what it’s like to be winked at by Prince. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. May 12Tribute to Jack Bruce, Johnny Winter and Joe CockerThis show is a tribute to three giants of rock-and-roll artistry who passed away in the last year: Jack Bruce, Johnny Winter and Joe Cocker. Join host Bill Shelley, a Freeport Music Archivist, for this screening of rare concert clips and footage. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. May 13.Brit FloydWith a spectacular light show and out-of-this-world stage production, Brit Floyd calls this trip their “Space & Time” tour, a fitting name for this leg of the amazing journey launched by Pink Floyd itself and now followed dutifully by this great tribute act. From The Dark Side of the Moon to The Wall and, the latest, The Endless River, they’ll dip into five decades of Floyd’s best-selling albums to recreate an interstellar night of stunning performances. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $25-$65. 8 p.m. May 13.Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin ExperienceLike father, like son, that’s the essence of Jason Bonham’s critically acclaimed tribute to the music his dad, John Bonham, brought to millions as the drummer for Led Zeppelin. For two nights, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will let fans relive some of the greatest rock n’ roll ever made. This show is more than a tribute—it’s a celebration. From the 1969 debut album to Led Zep’s second, fourth and Physical Graffitti, plus a heavy serving of deep cuts and smash hits, this is a must-see, must-listen show. Jason Bonham has won respect as a drummer in his own right, too, earning a Grammy Award for his work on Led Zep’s Celebration Day and he’s also gotten kudos performing for President Obama at the Kennedy Center. So “ramble on” over there, or take the stairway to you know where! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. May 13, 14.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Rashed Mian, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Welsh lettings boom leads to office stock shortage

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COVID-19: Volunteers build crowdsourced databases to capture true scale of outbreak

first_imgThe COVID-19 outbreak has prompted members of the public to launch their own crowdsourced databases on the spread of the virus in their respective communities in a bid to shed some light on cases that have otherwise slipped under the government’s radar.  One such database, LaporCovid-19, allows people to submit reports regarding the latest coronavirus-related updates in their immediate vicinity. Users provide information by responding to a digital questionnaire via the platform’s official WhatsApp or Telegram group.Information collected through the social media channels is then compiled into a visual database that illustrates the scale of the contagion in a certain region, which can be accessed at “We’re racing against the virus,” he said. “Data is a very important asset.”As of April 16, LaporCovid-19 had received 2,185 reports from WhatsApp and Telegram.Read also: With limited testing capability, Indonesia may battle COVID-19 blindfoldedMeanwhile, medical practitioners affiliated with the Indonesian Healthtech Association have launched – a digital platform that seeks to provide up-to-date data on medical diagnoses and the number of health supplies amid the surge in COVID-19 patients, among other things.According to founder Gregorius Bimantoro, the platform sourced its information from field reports submitted by health workers, hospital managers and medical equipment providers through a number of online health apps.He added that the platform also verified and analyzed the data it had collected to eliminate any discrepancies.“We aim to facilitate health workers, policy makers and the general public in their fight against COVID-19. We compile various data on a single platform,, so those who seek the most accurate information can quickly obtain it,” Gregorius said.He said the platform also provided supplies of protective equipment and other medical equipment to designated COVID-19 referral centers across the country. Furthermore, the platform also cross-referenced COVID-19 patient data from a number of hospitals and clinics to capture the magnitude of the current health crisis, he added.The government was previously criticized for its apparent refusal to provide the latest and most accurate information regarding the outbreak, giving rise to community movements such as KawalCovid-19.Earlier this month, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made an about-turn and called for greater transparency regarding the ongoing mitigation efforts.The government has also recently developed its own COVID-19 application, called PeduliLindungi, but there have been reports about difficulties accessing the app. According to the official government count, Indonesia has recorded 6,760 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 590 deaths as of Monday.Topics : Irma Hidayana, one of the public volunteers who initiated LaporCovid-19, said the platform was designed to give people the opportunity to pass along information regarding the latest situation in their neighborhood, which might have gone unnoticed by the government.“For example, people may provide information regarding themselves, their family members, or neighbors who died after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms,” Irma said in a statement.She said that all information provided by the public would remain confidential. However, the platform would have access to the information to cross-reference data and eliminate errors, she added.Rajawali, another volunteer who contributed to LaporCovid-19, said he hoped the platform would be able to predict new clusters of the outbreak and save lives.last_img read more